This as our first trip to Seattle. We wanted to stay downtown as we didn't want to deal with a rental car on this adventure. The Maxwell was highly-rated on TA, and after additional research on the hotel, I was sure that this was the place for us to stay in Seattle. The Queen Ann area, where the hotel is located, has a funky, unique vibe that we really enjoyed. It's easy to walk downtown to the hot spots (Space Needle, etc). There's also a bus stop within 3 or 4 blocks that we used often to get us where we wanted to go. We also used the (complementary) hotel shuttle a few times - very convenient. About the hotel: The staff is outstanding! They were so helpful during our entire stay. They knew that this trip was to celebrate my (40th) birthday, and at check-in they upgraded our room. We had a beautiful view of the Space Needle from our room. We will definitely stay at The Maxwell when we return to Seattle in the future. A few (small) beefs that I had with the hotel: When I went to use the iron for the first time, I found that it was broken (literally about to fall apart) and unusable. This thing should have been trashed long ago! I took it to the front desk and when we returned from dinner later that night, a new(er) one was waiting in our room. I applaud the quick remedy, but it should not have been an issue to start with. Staying on that (wrinkled clothing) note, the hotel has those crappy (tiny) ironing boards in the rooms. Those things aren't worth even trying to use! We ended up putting a towel on the bed and ironing on it. Can regular-sized ironing boards cost that much more??? Finally, in the bathroom, the shower was nice and large, but it lacked a door/curtain (on purpose). This was interesting, yet unpractical as we had to "waste" some of our extra towels each time we showered, as the floor would be wet from the splashed water (even though we tried to splash as little as possible) and we'd have to spread towels on the floor to avoid slippage and wet feet. That being said, overall we were very pleased with the hotel. Its excellent ratings are well-deserved.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The spirit of Seattle comes alive at The Maxwell Hotel. Every member of our experienced staff delivers genuine service from the heart. Our colorful and original interiors provide a warm and inviting ambience with delightful details such as our large mosaic pineapple, commissioned mural paintings and children's art tiles accenting the indoor swimming pool. Fun, creative, and unexpected touches like these make this downtown Seattle hotel an original Seattle icon. A short pace from the Space Needle and other attractions, your perfect Seattle home awaits. Staypineapple at The Maxwell Hotel. ... more less
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